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Dealing With Bad Breath

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Bad breath plagues everyone from time to time depending on what is eaten or drunk on a specific day or how well a person is feeling. Occasional bad breath is easily corrected by upping brushing and flossing, and it is not a concern. However, there are many people who find that they are plagued by constant bad breath and have been unsuccessful in dealing with it. If you are dealing with bad breath, or if it is hindering your social and/or professional life, it is time to speak with your dentist to find an appropriate and successful solution to your issue.

Many times, simple changes in daily habits are often all that are needed to improve the smell of your breath. For instance, if you are an avid coffee drinker, maybe you could give it up. Coffee, tea, alcohol, wine, garlic, onions, and certain cheeses are notorious for leaving an unpleasant scent behind. If you consume any of these on a regular basis, your normal breath will continually be plagued by their scent. Avoiding them altogether is your best option to prevent bad breath; however, not everyone is willing to go to that extreme. If that is your case, make sure you carry a toothbrush, tooth paste, and mouth wash with you to use after consuming any of the above mentioned foods or beverages.

Other changes in your habits are much more serious. If you use any type of tobacco product, now is the time to quit. Not only does tobacco have its own strong smell that it leaves behind in the mouth, but it is also well known for the damage that it causes. The damage to your mouth combined with the strong scent of tobacco, only intensifies the foul smell of your breath. Poor oral hygiene is another serious concern that causes bad breath. Your mouth needs to be properly cared for in order to promote health and fresh breath. Plaque buildup occurs throughout every single day, and it needs to be expelled from the mouth in order to prevent damage to the teeth and gums. This same plaque also develops on oral appliances, making it imperative that you clean any dentures, retainers, aligners or other oral appliances thoroughly each day. Making your oral hygiene a priority will go a long way in improving the scent of your bad breath.

Dehydration is also another factor that contributes to bad breath. Saliva production is necessary to help keep plaque at bay. If your mouth is not moist, plaque has a much easier time adhering to your teeth and gum line. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

If you are plagued by bad breath, contact Brentwood Dental Group today.

Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group